Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically modified foods (GM foods), also known as genetically engineered foods (GE foods), or bioengineered foods are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering.Foodstuffs manufactured or containing ingredients of GMOs may be considered Genetically Modified (GM) foods.

The production of the genetically modified (GM) food is getting the attention now a day in terms of awareness, attitudes, acceptances and labelling system. GM crops are often intentionally utilized for food and feed production. In some situations, GM crops can unintentionally enter non-GM food and feed production.

Requirements for Identification of Genetically modified foods come in to the force from -

  • FSSAI Draft notification dated 17/11/2021 reveals about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEOs) intended for direct use as food or for processing

    FSSAI proposes to display GM ingredients if they contain on packaged food labels. As per FSSAI proposes labelling norms for food products that food products having individual Genetically Engineered (GE) ingredient 1% or more shall be labelled as “Contains GMO/Ingredients derived from GMO”.
  • EU Frame work : REGULATION (EU) 2018/848 for organic products stating GMO analysis Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 and Regulation (EU) 2017/625 for GMO rquirements

    ​​​​​​​The EU aims to ensures clear labelling, the traceability of GMOs placed on the market in order to enable consumers as well as professionals (e.g. farmers, and food feed chain operators) to make an informed choice.
  • US FDA ,USDA and EPA regulations

    USDA regulations state the bioengineered foods are appropriately disclosed

    The Standard requires that by 2022, food makers, importers, and certain retailers label foods that are bioengineered or have bioengineered ingredients. At that time, foods sold in the United States that meet the definition of bioengineered food must have information on their packaging using one of the approved methods, including text on the package that says “bioengineered food,” the bioengineered food symbol, or directions for using your phone to find the disclosure.

In view of keeping the regulatory issues and due to the increase of the growing number of cultivation of genetically modified plants every year, reliable testing and detection is essential to meet the consumers demand in the market.

Bureau Veritas food lab provide fast turnaround times and accurate test results that demonstrate compliance with statutory requirements using highly sensitive, accurate and multiplex qualitative real-time PCR detection system for GMO foods with a cost efficient and time saving approach.

Our services includes qualitatively/quantitative estimation for Genetic modification in

  • Cotton and cotton derived products, wheat, soybean and its derivatives, Cereals and Pulses,
  • ​​​​​​​Processed food, Rice and its derivatives, Spices, alfalfa, flax, canola, sunflower, Tea and other agricultural produce.

All tests are accredited as per ISO 17025 requirements.